ATTORNEY-EXAMINER

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 11, 2021
Closes
Jan 19, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is in Office of Mission Support. If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About OMS: OMS Internet website

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Responsibilities

You will:
  • Incumbent receives and reviews for sufficiency and accuracy referrals submitted by attorneys to the Senior Debarring Official (SDO) recommending suspension or debarment actions.
  • Incumbent makes recommendations to the SDO as to whether and what type of suspension and debarment notice or other administrative action to take to protect the Government's business interests.
  • Incumbent manages procedural aspects of the SDO's docket by coordinating with all parties, issuing scheduling notices, resolving procedural issues and setting the date/time for meetings and fact-finding hearings as necessary.
  • Incumbent conducts fact-finding hearings, as directed by the SDO, to resolve disputes of material facts.
  • Incumbent prepares determinations, decisions, orders, and other final Agency actions for the SDO's review and signature. These decisions are prepared based on attorney referrals, evidence presented at the PMIOs and oral hearings, and written submissions by the parties. The actions taken result in determinations of whether a company or individual will be eligible for participation in federally-funded assistance, loan, or other benefit programs, or awarded future Federal contracts by any Executive Branch agency of the United States.

One or more positions may be filled.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel 25% of each month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • An J.D. is required.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.


Current Bar membership in good standing/law license is required.

You must self-certify annually and in writing that you hold an active bar membership.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year trial period.

Qualifications

You must have over 5 years of legal experience as a licensed attorney, be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico at all times during the practice of law; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions.

In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired: in some combination of litigation (civil, criminal, or commercial), judicial clerkship, providing legal advice to agencies or clients in private practice, government contracts (Federal Acquisition Regulation) or grants law, administrative law, or suspension and debarment; drafting or reviewing legal memoranda, legal opinions, or other legal documents; interacting with clients, other attorneys, investigators, prosecutors, agency representatives, or other stakeholders in performing their legal functions. The candidate should have exceptional written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage a busy case docket, and a judicious temperament.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

Education

An J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Additional information

This position is excluded from provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance.

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications and then may be subject to additional assessments.

EPA considers veterans' preference as a positive factor. Applicants who have veterans' preference are encouraged to include their information in their cover letters or resumes and attach supporting documentation to substantiate their preference.

Excepted service positions are not covered by regular civil service hiring procedures.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Documents to be submitted online:

NOTE: You should ensure your social security number, date of birth, and any other personal information are redacted.

--Cover letter expressing your interest in the position and explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position.
--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
--Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).
--Copy of active bar membership/license.
--Law school transcripts (unofficial) - you are not required to submit transcripts, but it is recommended if you have three years or less of experience.
--Veterans' Preference Documents (if applicable) - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15 (use current version: SF-15 Form ), if applicable (see page 2 of the SF-15 for documents that can be submitted in lieu of the DD-214 and VA letter); active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
--Name, address, and telephone number of three references, including a current or former employer.

To learn more about submitting documentation, visit Uploading Documents to USAJOBS .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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